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. >> i would take the rain if i had a choice. >> so i would. >> thank. defense secretary leon panetta's almost last day on benghazi and david beckham's latest foray into the nether world. >>> welcome back. here are some other stories making news this morning. while being grilled by the senate armed services committee outgoing defense secretary leon panetta strongly defended the pentagon's response to the september 11 attack in benghazi that left chris stevenson and three others dead. panetta told lawmakers there just wasn't enough time to get attack aircraft to the scene. >>> today, president obama will speak at a farewell dinner for panetta. who will be replaced by chuck hagel if replaced by the senate. >>> and michelle obama plans to travel to chicago to attend the funeral for 15-year-old hadiya pendleton. an honor a student and band majorette who participated in the inauguration festivities. hadiya was the victim of gun violence last week. fatally shot about a mile from the obama home. no arrests have been made. >> now to our big story of the day, that potentially historic blizzard
secretary leon panetta revealed president obama was the one who blocked the plan to arm rebel fighters in syria. the plan was directed by david petraeus and backed by pentagon leaders and secretary of state hillary clinton. the white house had doubts which rebels could be trusted with the arms. those details came to light during a senate hearing on libya and republicans had some tough questions for panetta, who revealed he and president obama spoke once during the eight-hour benghazi attack that left four americans dead and explained why the pentagon didn't send any war planes. >> reporter: the reason planes were not launched the attack came in two waves in two different locations and after the first wave ended after about an hour and a half they all thought it was over plus he said there wasn't enough actionable intelligence on the ground to act. >> you can't just willy-nilly send f-16s there and blow the hell out of a place without knowing what's taking place. >> reporter: under questioning by republicans secretary panetta and the joint chiefs of staff martin dem
rafael at dominican university. he will talk about his choice to replace leon panetta. leon panetta is stepping down as the cia director and pentagon chief. he has nominated chuck hagel as replacement. harry reid is pressing for a full vote. he is ask for people serving as early as the first. they will move to movie he theaters, and the ability to fly on defense department aircraft. >>> this morning, government experts will discuss the high speed rail program. it is a three day summit filled with visionaries who will be reviewing the plan that lasts from 2015 to 2030 and from san diego to san francisco. >>> time now 4:46 let's take another look at traffic with sal. are you looking at it? >> yes, there are no major problems through there and traffic looks good, it looks like a little bit of roadwork. coming from oakland to san francisco, it looks good 4:47 let's go to steve. there is still an on shore breeze which is not that strong but yesterday we had definitely 50s and 50s yesterday at half- moon bay fairfield 31 and yesterday at this time they had a north went and they were 31 ye
outgoing defense secretary leon panetta in a farewell ceremony. he will be honored for his years of public service. he looks forward to returning to private life on his family's walnut ranch. president obama nominated former nebraska senator chuck hagel to replace panetta. in his seventh state of the city address chuck reid said despite ongoing budget challenges the city is moving forward. >> we are going to restore police and fire services and reopen schools and repair our roads. >> the mayor thanked voters for supporting measure b. labor leaders say the mayor's battle with city employee unions has hurt moral. >> i think he's taken the approach with not only city workers but community groups that it's his way or the highway. >> mayor reed says pension reform alone won't solve all the city's financial problems. he suggests the possibility of going to voters next year with a proposal for a sales tax hike. >>> police in fairfield are looking for the men they say duct taped and robbed a school janitor for ipads. it happened wednesday night at the semiyen toe continuation high school. two men
defense secretary lee crop panetta -- for leon panetta. his nominee for cia director john bener faced pretty tough questioning. coming up what brenham had to say about the cia use of water boarding. >>> 5:05 is the time right now. the roads are a bit wet. you need to take your time. >> yeah. when i was driving in i had to use the windshield wipers. steve will let you know more about that. i will let you know there have been a couple solo spinouts as people may have been driving too fast for the conditions. this is a look at 80 westbound. there are no major problems here as you continue down to the maze and that area. also the morning commute looks pretty good if you are driving on 80 westbound. it's a nice looking drive to the bay bridge toll plaza and beyond into san francisco. and the morning drive on the nimitz freeway looks good from hayward to fremont. not a bad drive at all. you see 13 minutes later on in the morning i think it will be a lot more than that. this might be your opportunity to get on that road. let's go to steve. >>> thank you, sal. our system is rotating out. in f
: today the pentagon held a farewell ceremony for retiring defense secretary leon panetta. the 74-year-old panetta.. plans to remain on the job for another couple of weeks, while his llikely successor. former senator chuck hagel. awaits senate approval. panetta spent nearly four decades in washington as a congressman from california. federal budget director. white house chief of staff. and c-i-a director. where he oversaw the operation that killed osama bin laden. >> it's been for me, a hell of a ride. i will never forget the pride and exhilaration when i walked out of the white house after the president announced the success of the bin laden operation. >> pam: president barack obama praised the military's progress under panetta's watchful eye. pointing to the repeal of a ban on gays openly serving in the military. and the recent expansion of combat roles for women. >> the secret service is investigating the publication of private photographs of former presidents george h-w bush and george w bush. they appear to have been stolen from family e-mail accounts. the e-mails appeared on a go
kidney nose and mouth cancer. >>> defense secretary leon panetta will return to his california home with a full security detail. today by the way is leon panetta's last day in office. he will have a full detail assigned to him for the procedures and leon panetta was both a defense second and cia director. >>> he is set to board air force one in maryland and the president is heading out to georgia today and this is the second day of the president's post state of union tour. that i had georgia, he will talk about his plan -- today in georgia, he will talk about his plan with the head start program. >>> there is an app and it is called the cookie finder but it was launched by girl scouts and it allows them to find out when scouts are selling those cookies, near you. >> dangerous. >>> coming up at 7:00, what is going on, sal? >>> the toll place
secretary leon panetta defending the administration's response during the benghazi terror attack during a senate committee yesterday. we covered it live. things were getting a little tense when senator lindsey graham asked mr. panetta a simple question. >> who was in charge in benghazi? were you in charge, secretary panetta? >> what do you mean in charge? >> as running the operation, trying to find a way to save our ambassador who was lost. trying to prevent our people from being killed? providing assistance to people who were underattack? >> i mean, it's not that simple. as you know. i think the people that were in charge with the people on the ground. >> would you say secretary clinton in charge. >> pardon me? >> was secretary clinton in charge. >> the people in charge, were the ambassador there at benghazi. >> no. but, they can't, you know, they were trying to save their lives. rick: richard grenell, a former spokesperson for the last four u.s. ambassadors to the u.n. byron york, is chief political correspondent at the "washington examiner". gentlemen, good to see you both. rick, you
in the u.s. with serious mechanical safety violations. >>> outgoing secretary of defense panetta calling it the honor of his life time. soldiers from all branches of the military along with the president gave the retiring panetta a send off salute in arlington, virginia today. panetta served more than 4 decades in various role of government including the director of the cia. >>> secret service is investigating reports that a hacker broke into the each mail accounts of the bush family. breach includes both former president e-mail show it bush family prepared for george hw bush funeral in december when the former president was hospitalized for respiratory ailment. also show that neal bush helped salvage the reputation of bill clinton after the presidency. and that george w bush is something of an amateur painter. story first reported by the web site the smoking gun. it says the security code at the home in dallas was also exposed. >>> well still ahead tonight. chapter out of bay area rich rock and roll history. battle of the bands competition entering the 50th year. and [ woman ] don
in valuables and keeping them in sight. >>> president obama paid tribute to panetta. panetta says one of the biggest honors was leaving the white house after the president announced that osama bin laden was dead. >> i could hear the chants from people gathered around the white house and in lafayette park yelling usa, usa. >> panetta plans to stay on until his successor is confirmed then return to his farm. >>> kids with nerf guns playing a game of assassins. >> it's a way to unwind. >> reporter: why one bay area school says it's dangerous and it wants it stopped. >> tim lincecum has a new do. and what he says did not inspire this look. >> and i will have what you can expect in the weekend forecast. >>> in san jose a suspect who escaped police custody is back behind bars. 32-year-old anthony sanchez slipped his cuffs from the back to the front while in a police. sanchez made his way to the drive's seat and sped off while the officer was doing paper work outside. they found sanchez late last night sleeping in a stolen pickup truck in south san jose. he now faces several charges includi
in sight. >>> president obama paid tribute to panetta. panetta says one of the biggest honors was leaving the white house after the president announced that osama bin laden was dead. >> i could hear the chants from people gathered around the white house and in lafayette park yelling usa, usa. >> panetta plans to stay on until his successor is confirmed then return to his farm. >>> kids with nerf guns playing a game of assassins. >> it's a way to unwind. >> reporter: why one bay area school says it's >>> in san jose a suspect who escaped police custody is back behind bars. 32-year-old anthony sanchez slipped his cuffs from the back to the front while in a police. sanchez made his way to the drive's seat and sped off while the officer was doing paper work outside. they found sanchez late last night sleeping in a stolen pickup truck in south san jose. he now faces several charges including auto theft on top of that original probation violation. >>> it is a game that has become popular among teenagers but the friendly competition can be mistaken for something for serious. >> reporter: this y
is retirement day for leon panetta. the santa clara university alum began his political career as a california congressman. just yesterday he testified on the department of defense's response to the attack on u.s. facilities in benghazi. panetta was the director of the cia at the time osama bin laden was killed. no word on what he plans to do or if he will move back to his home on the central coast. an armed forces farewell ceremony will be held later today. >>> san jose international airport could soon become home to a brand new private airport for google executives. the $82 million project would include an executive terminal, hangars and ramp space to accommodate google's largest business jets. the proposed airport would bring in nearly $3 million a year in rent and would create hundreds of permanent jobs and up to 200 construction jobs. the san jose city council is expected to vote on this proposal coming up in april. >>> texas governor rick perry stepping up his campaign to try to steal business away from california. perry planning to visit silicon valley, san francisco and los angeles dur
, leon panetta. yesterday was supposed to be his last day on the job. he says he's looking forward to coming back to monterey to take care of his ranch. >> yeah. >>> a lot of people are off. they don't have to work like you and i. it's presidents day. you are still watching the commute. >> that's right. i'm gonna be here on monday, too. >> i know you will be here, too. it will be the same even better on monday. some people don't have to go to work. some people will. we're looking at the commute on some of the major freeways. there are people out there, westbound on 80 as you drive out to the macarthur maze. no major problems. but it's not as busy as it normally is. looking at the bay bridge toll plaza, that's lighter. there is a little bit of a delay. we don't even bother with the traffic time. 101 northbound at 37 they are clearing a crash there with a little bit of slow traffic, southbound 101 in that area. 7:08. let's go to steve. >>> mostly clear skies. there's just a few little hints of some fog. it will get chewed up fast. cool to cold lows, he really mild. there's some locat
and a half after the u.s. military ended its don't ask/don't tell policy. in the statement leon panetta said the military would no longer provide some benefits to heterosexual couples while denaying them to same-sex couples in the -- denying them to same-sex couples in the military. the change does not extend some housing benefits because the pentagon says the issue requires more review. >>> people in parts of the northeast are still digging out and trying to get back to their normal routines today in the aftermath of the weekend's big nor'easter. the storm dropped up to three feet of snow from new york to maine. the weather system is being blamed for at least 15 deaths in the northeast and canada. utility crews from around the world are working to restore electricity across the region. about 130,000 customers still do not have power. that's down from 650,000 in eight states at the height of the storms. massachusetts was the hardest hit. a lot of people there have been forced into shelters because people say power may not be restored until tomorrow. >> this would be my second night and i'll
partners. and it will give partners access to on base services. leon panetta stopped short of offering full benefits but gay rights groups say it's a step. >> what is the focus of the speech and who is on the guest list? the state of the union speech tomorrow will focus on getting jobs for the middle class. he will urge congress to prevent automatic spending cuts that are looming next month. mr. obama will discuss reducing the nation's benefits. and as for vips, the first lady will sit with the mother of a young girl that was gunned down. and tim cook, and a nasa employee known as mohawk guy, there he is. he gained the nickname with the launch of the mars rover, curiosity. you can watch the state of the union dress tomorrow at 5:45. >> the governor of texas is making big claims, he said that the conservative state has knocked california off the perch as the nation's business leader. governor rick perry made the comments to the mercury news, this week he has meetings in san francisco, silicone valley and los angeles. he is trying to lure businesses to the sunshine state by show casing their
we could do in the response to the attacks. >> u.s. defense secretary leon panetta insisted the government employed every asset to respond to the september 11 attack on the u.s. consulate in libya. cocoa krispies and three other -- cocoa krispies and -- chris tvens and three other -- chris stevens and three others were killed. >> u.s. defense secretary leon panetta confirmed for the first time the pentagon supported providing arms to opposition groups in syria. president obama decided not to arm the rebels and that he supported that decision. johnjury room -- john mccain said the president should have followed the advice. >>> a hearing took place today for president obama's nominee to be the next director of the cia. it was interrupted several times by demonstrators. they demanded lawmakers st the drone program. he is believed to play a leading role in the drone program. >>> we are going to find him. you can't have this many people looking for you and not be found. >> we are monitoring the police hunt for chris dorner who is wanted for killing three people, including police
defense secretary leon panetta. as jacqueline fell reports congress is focusing on the next cia director and whether john brennan supports using drones for targeted killings. >> reporter: pam, john brennan says that drone strikes are used only against targets who plan to attack the united states. brennan told senate intelligence committee led by dianne feinstein that drone strikes are never used as retro abuse for an earlier attack against americans. he says americans deserve to learn more about the procedures and practices for drones and targeted killings. republican senators want to know if brennan would rather kill terrorists with a drone or capture them. >> i never believe it's better to kill a terrorist than detain him. we want to detain as many terrorists as possible. >> reporter: another big topic of the day information sharing. senators complain they don't share enough classified information with them while sharing too much with the media. some republicans accused brennan and the cia of offering authorized leaks to help president obama in the when i see you next in a warning com
that means for current defense secretary leon panetta. >>> expect to see more bikes on bart next month. bart may permanently expand access for cyclists. it will test allowing bikes during all phases of the day. starting march 1st cyclists you can bring your bikes on trains any time. as long as they are not in the first three cars of the train. most say they like being able to bring their bikes on board during commute hours. that was during a test last august. >>> 6:08 is the time. back over to sal to check in on traffic. any problems? >> pam you were hesitant there. >> i was. i couldn't remember if you mentioned any problems. >> no. we are off to a good start. all of us are trying to figure out if it will be friday light or not. the best way to do that is looking at the bay bridge. if we still see it this way in a half hour, then it will be a light commute. usually by now we start to see a little bit more traffic. i'm going to go ahead and say it's beginning to look a little friday night. as we have been mentioning on the reports. the traffic is not all that bad on interstate 8 oil in oak --
chuck hagel. coming up at 5:15 what that means for lee john panetta. yesterday was supposed to be his last day on the job. >>> time now 5:05. there is a new investigation at the california department of park and recreation maintained a hidden cash surplus for more than 20 years. that is longer than earlier reports. investigation by the california state auditor tracked the surplus that goes back to 1993. last july a $20 million hidden cash surplus at that agency was found. it came at the same time the department was moving to close down 70 state parks because of budget cuts. >>> if you are flying in or out of san francisco this weekend you may run into delays. a construction project we've been talking about could cause a slow down for flights again. one of the main runways will close at 10:00 tonight and stay shut down until 8:00 monday morning. air traffic could be cut from 60 aircraft an hour to 30 an hour. >>> time now 5:06. we want to keep everything moving on the roads at least. that is sal's department. you're watching the east shore scene everything else. >> we are dave and pam.
're watching the pentagon this morning. defense secretary leon panetta will be hosting the event on his last day in office. hillary clinton is being honored for her four years as secretary of state during which she traveled more than 1 million miles and visited 1 -- 112 countries. >>> in just hours, the national rifle association will directly respond to president obama's state of the union address. the nra rejects the president's gun control proposal. as kyla campbell reports from our washington, d.c. newsroom, this is all happening as the california congresswoman joins other moms against gun violence today. >> reporter: jackie speier is joining with group moms rising which has more than 1 million members online. speier and members from that group will deliver a petition with 150,000 signatures to lawmakers. that's asking the nra to back off and urging company to boat on the proposals. the nra's vice president and ceo wayne la pierre will directly respond to the president's state of the union address later today in wake of the -- today. in wake of the shooting, the nra is calling for securi
their third nuclear test. we will hear from defense secretary leon panetta. >> president obama is delivering the state of the union address tonight never mentioned this morning about what he is expected to talk about. >> it is cold and some of our north bay spots. a lot of locations waking up to '40's. into the afternoon however, it will be cooler along the coastline. mostly clear conditions. light winds in the forecast by later tonight. we will enjoy a warm up. as we push into thursday and friday i will look at your extended forecast in my next report. >> we start with a bridge check the ride to the bay bridge not slow despite the fact that there was a stall on the upper deck has been cleared. the san mateo bridge ride looks good. highway 92 the drive time running 13 minutes foster city from hayward. the golden gate bridge ride is a small commute south bound a little heavier today than other days this week. >> thank you george. a violence night in vallejo has left one man dead aat least four injured. >> it started around 830 last night in the garage of a house on humboldt and eastwood stree
become leon panetta's auk sesser if he's confirmed. overall the president's address was safe and prague mamatipragm >>> it's been nothing but good vibrations all the last couple days. >> it has. it will get better. into valentine's day we'll turn up the heat. it is actually pretty comfortable out there already. we're enjoying this unseasonably warm weather. it continues today. we had pretty thick fog out there this morning and still had a little patchy fog over the san francisco bay. you can see that here from this live picture. blue sky later on today temperatures will climb to the upper 60s. even warmer than it was yesterday. right now 58 degreeses in sunnyvale. two to three degrees of warm, then hazy sunshine. a cold start to your valentine's day but a comfy and warm afternoon ahead. great day to make afternoon lunch plans. keep that in mind. it's free. rain on the way as we head throughout the end of your seven-day forecast. we'll show you when things are going to change, the cold, the wet. so yeah we're going to have some major changes to get through. enjoy the warm zwrup. >> sound
, there will be a nomination for secretary of state hillary rodham clinton and leon panetta is having his last day in service. hillary rodham clinton traveled more than 1 million miles and visited more than 412 countries. >>> they will fire back on president barack obama's state of union address. as kyla campbell reports from the washington d.c. newsroom, the nra is really against the president's proposal, kyla? >> reporter: the nra does not want ban on high capacity assault weapons and they say president barack obama is trying to play on people's emotions. they will directly respond and in the wake of the newtown connecticut shooting they are calling for increased security nationwide not a ban on specific magazines. congressional sides are willing to take a vote on the proposal but this does not mean they will stop fighting. >> the president is trying to use emotions on things that have not been freshly debated. >> reporter: they will take a closer look when i see you next, kyla campbell, ktvu channel 2 morning news. >>> time now 5:16. police in palo alto are worried about students taking weapons to school.
's called the distinguished warfare medal on wednesday. current defense secretary leon panetta gave his approval on wednesday. >> it was a valentine's day to remember for a family in virginia. they picked up a really big check -- for 217 million dollars. dave honeywell bought a winning powerball ticket earlier this month at the airport in richmond on his way to a convention in denver. dave says he got pretty distracted once he realized he was a multi-millionaire. >> "i started reading the numbers left to right and i'm like 'no this can't be'. and i looked up at the draw date to make sure it was the same date and i'm like 'this still can't be'. and pretty soon my hands are shaking like this. i can barely read the ticket anymore the shaking so bad." >> pam: the honeywells chose the cash option, so they'll be getting 136-million dollars, before taxes. their first big purchase? a new car to replace their 13-year-old one that has 170-thousand miles on it. >> a new jersey man found his own boat for sale on craigslist. jan was looking for a new boat when he came across a picture of one that lo
. >> it is called the distinguished warfare metal. current defense secretary leon panetta gave his approval earlier this week. >> the head of the nra is firing back at president obama. >> criticizing comments he made during the state of the union address. >> he was talking to-build audience and says the president did not talk about keeping children safe at school. >> are hearing that he is more interested in taking away the rights of americans. >> the president use the state of the union address to make an impassioned plea for tougher gun control in many people in the audience were victims of gun violence. >> we will be back with >> we are back. angelina jokie and brad pitt jumping into the wine business. >> carl ahezua at the details. they are expected to produce red wine later this year. >> the 20 year-old actress told people magazine she is considering marcass sang it is one of the options. >> star peter dinklege will join the cast of exhibition. men. >> the film is set to hit theaters july 2013. >> a lawyer for camkim karsashians estranged husband, chris hunphries wants to end his involvement
groundbreaking decision today. secretary leon panetta says it will now extend certain benefits. they include emergency leads, commissary privileges and access to welfare. overseas now. they have captured the country's largest hydroelectric dam. the seizure by rebels is not expected to have a major impact. offering to negotiate a peaceful departure from al asad who has made no indication of stepping down. >>> the indian government is ordering a thorough investigation after a deadly stampede in the northern indian state. 38 people are confirmed dead. most were returning from a large hindu festival held once every 12 years and attended by 40 million people. railway officials are blaming the government for not warning them of the mass crowd. jessica? >> thank you, janelle. >>> then candidate barack obama promised to roll back many of the national security programs from the bush administration which he felt stepped on american civil liberties. today a new poll shows voters appear to think president obama is just as bad if not worse than his predecessor when it comes to trading his civil liberties
panetta said it would be irresponsible for the congress to allow it to happen. many of us agree, it must be avoided. but apart from that challenge in the next month, or series of months, the long-term outlook for the department of defense is that it must do more with less, and secretary hagel, if he is confirmed, will have that management task, and he is one of the people in this country who is almost uniquely qualified to carry it out. and i believe that he will with great distinction. he will take care of our men and women in uniform and strengthen our national defense, he will do what he thinks is right even if it's not popular, and he is, finally, as everyone has said, a good and decent man. i thank in particular senator mccain for his very compelling and telling comment during our consideration before the vote in the armed services committee. he said -- and i agree -- no one should impugn chuck hagel's character. he's a person of integrity and character. and i believe that he will have the respect at all levels of our defense, men and women who serve and sacrifice every day, men and
that the profit united states never called you secretary panetta, and said how's it going? >> republican senator lindsey graham is with us is this morning and he is prepared to take gnaw steps unless he gets some answers. controversyover the president's nominees to run the pentagon and the c.i.a. new reportes of computer hacking, and the threat of cyber attacks. we'll also hear from mike rogers. senator jack reed of the armed services committee. former democratic congresswoman jane harman, now with the woodrow wilson center. james lewis of the center for strategic and international studies. and our own justice department correspondent bob orr.
leon panetta. he will remain on the job for defense secretary a little while longer. senate republicans have there aed a vote on chuck hagel to replace him for another ten days, using an unprecedented filibuster. unprecedented for defense nominee. president obama says they are putting politics ahead of national security. >> i'm still presiding over a war in afghanistan and need a secretary of defense who is coordinating with allies to make sure our troops are getting the kind of strategy and mission they deserve. >> mean tooil, the president returns home to chicago today for the last in a series of campaign style events. this week they are focused for plans on the economy and education that he outlined in the state of the union address. gun violence also on the agenda when the president speaks to a chicago high school. dan lothian live at the white house with a preview. homecoming of sorts, dan. >> the president will be speaking at hyde park academy, and as you pointed out, the main focus will be the economy. but the president will be talking about gun violence in a city that last year
pickering said the rubber hit the road. >> reporter: one ever the revelations of the panetta dempsey testimony is that this state department cable warning the consulate could not sustain a coordinated assault was considered so important that they were read in on it. >> when secretary clinton testified a few weeks ago that she had a clear-eyed assessment of the threat we faced in libya is that really a credible statement if she didn't know about the ambassador's cable on august the 15th saying we can't defend this place? >> i don't know that she didn't know about the cable. >> she said she didn't. are you stunned that she didn't? >> i would call myself surprised that she didn't. >> reporter: late last night on capitol hill we had a news conference with three republican senators among hem lindsey graham who stated for the first time that he had been told by the director of national intelligence, james clapper, the nation's top intelligence officer that the president was indeed informed about these two previous attacks on the cans lit in april and june, one of which blew a hole in the w
? this was supposed to be secretary panetta's last week on the job but j.b. and norah, he says he'll stick around until a new defense secretary is named. >> nancy cordes, thank you so much. >>> double amputee olympian oscar pistorius is denying in "the strongest terms" that he murdered his girlfriend. he was formally charged today in south africa. prosecutors say he planned the shooting. bail hearing has been put off until next week. the track star known as the blade runner openly cried in court. emma hurd from sky news our partner, was at the courthouse. >> reporter: oscar pistorius broke down in tears as the charge of murder was laid against him, his father trying to comfort him, members of his family sobbing in the public gallery. south africa has drafted in its top prosecutors to pursue this case pistorius, his own high-profile legal team setting the stage for a real courtroom drama here. it was a return to the global stage for all the wrong reasons. the world famous athlete before a south african court charged with murdering his supermodel girlfriend. reeva steenkamp
. this is reality. >> reporter: in his last press conference before retiring defense secretary leon panetta warned the looming sequester could cripple the military. >> members of congress need to understand that they were elected to protect the public not to hurt the public. >> reporter: the sequester is shorthand for $1.2 trillion worth of across-the-board cuts that are set to kick in because congress and the white house couldn't strike a debt dealing last year. nearly half the cuts will come from the pentagon, which announced plans last week to reduce its presence in the persian gulf to close the expected budget shortfall. >> we're weeks away from the president's sequester. >> reporter: house republicans have coined the somewhat clunky term "obama-quester" to describe the looming cuts in an attempt to pin the blame on the president. >> i call on the democrats to show us their plan to stop the sequester from going into effect. >> reporter: house republicans passed their own plan last year but the president panned it. >> they made bigger cuts to things like educat
. we have more live programming to tell you about on the program today. defense secretary leon panetta will be honored having observed a steady improvement in the opportunity and well-being of our citizens, i can report to you that the state is old but the union as good. >> once again, keeping with the time honored tradition i've come to report to you on the state of the union and i am pleased to report that america is much improved and there is good reason to believe that improvement will continue. >> my duty tonight is to report on the state of the union. >> not the state of the government, but of our american community and to set forth our responsibilities in the words of our founders to form a more perfect union. the state of the union is strong. >> as we gather tonight, our nation is at war, our economy is in recession and the civilized world faces unprecedented dangers, yet the state of the union has never been stronger. >> it is because of our people that our future is hopeful an hour journey goes forward and the state of our union is strong first lady helen taft on discussing p
employed. >> reporter: it turning to benghazi, senators press ed outgoing leon panetta and dempsey about whether military help was too far away to rescue the slain americans. >> the biggest problem that night, senator, is that nobody really knew what was going on there. >> reporter: and republicans pounced on testimony but after first informing the president about the attack, neither man heard directly from him as the siege unfolded. >> did the president show any curiosity about how is this going? >> there is no question in my mind the president of the united states was concerned about american lives. >> with all due respect, i don't believe that's a credible statement, if he never called and asked you, are we helping these people or what's happening. >> reporter: there's a special ceremony for panetta leaving that job and democrats are looking at the possibility of creating a new court to review some of the drone strikes. shows you they are still concerned. natalie. >> kelly owe dodge in washington, thank you. >>> we know what caused the power outage at the super bowl. officials at ente
-bye. secretary of defense leon panetta, president obama praised him for helping to take osama bin laden. he has not announced when his last day in office will be. it's expected to be late last week. >>> and just because she's not a lion, she can't brag. the proud parent of a little lion king brought the littlest one out for all to see. look at my baby, isn't he adorable? the first time the three cubs were able to get out since they were born two weeks ago at an ecological preserve two weeks ago. said the little lion, hakuna mutata. a little "lion king." two cycling sic siblings just l. >>> wouldn't it be great if one of these storms didn't live up to the hype? insane what's going on in new england. not it. another storm on the map this one right across the midwest, already blizzard warnings for nebraska, northward to the dakotas and portions of minnesota. may not be millions of people in the path of that one, significant travel impacts for friends in the midwest. and watch out in texas, severe astorino. >>> and good saturday morning to you. most of the bay area waking up in the 30s. very chill
by members of congress, leaders from across our armed forces, including secretary of defense leon panetta, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, marty dempsey, army secretary john mccue, and army chief of staff general ray odierno. we are joined by iron horse soldiers, and members of the medal of honor society who today welcome you into their ranks. now, despite all this attention, you may already have a sense that clint is a pretty humble guy. we just spent some time together in the oval office. he grew up in lake city, california, population less than 100. we welcome his family including mom and dad, tisch and gary. clint, i hope he doesn't mine, he shared that clint was actually born at home. these days clint works in the oil fields of north dakota. he is a man of faith, and after more than a decade in uniform, he says the thing he looks forward to the most is just being a husband and a father. in fact, this is not even the biggest event for clint this week because tomorrow he and his wife tammy will celebrate their 13th wedding anniversary. clint and tammy, this is probably not the k
there are more secrets in the movie than there are to the mission. >> i saw the retirement of leon panetta, the ceremony the other day. he was joking, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff was up there joking about "zero dark thirty." almost everything about this raid has entered into our lore. there are no new actual facts. >>gretchen: i found a lot of new interesting facts in your article. i think everyone should read it. one of which stuck in my mind is i don't think the american public understands how all of these 23 guys and the alternates there thought they were going to die that night. they all planned to die. your guy bought a $350 pair of prada sunglasses because he thought this is my last thing. he kissed his kids, thought it was the last. he called his dad. he thought of a quote from president bush after 9/11, freedom will be attacked by a faceless coward and freedom will be defended. he thought he was going to die. that is what i took away from your article. >> you're absolutely right. there was a scene that he describes where he's sitting on his kit as they are about to go
was a republican he attacked president bush mercilessly and was very ant ti his own party. >> leon panetta is still secretary of defense and he'll stay on until chuck hagel or anybody else is confirmed to replace him. natalie? >> good to know. chuck todd, thank you. >>> now let's head to wall street. cnbc's mary thompson at the new york stock exchange. look like warren buffett likes his heinz on the cheeseburgers. >> he usually likes them with a cherry coke. he's teaming up with g3 capital to buy heinz for $23 billion. it's the largest ever takeover in the food industry. and a sign that big deals are back on wall street. even though that's not helping the dow. it is on track for the first back-to-back weekly declines this year. >>> tiffany is suing discounter costco for allegedly selling counterfeit engagement rings bearing the tiffany name. that may have a lot of people looking at their left hand this morning. >> a big story. all right. mary thompson, thanks. >>> an unbelievable debt for former san diego mayor marino connor. the 66-year-old has been charged with money laundering after a decade-lon
. >> reporter: senators pressed outgoing leon panetta and dempsey about whether military help was too far away to rescue the slain americans. >> the biggest problem that night, senator, is that nobody really knew what was going on there. >> reporter: and republicans pounced on testimony but after first informing the president about the attack, neither man heard directly from him as the siege unfolded. >> did the president show any curiosity about how is this going? >> there is no question in my mind the president of the united states was concerned about american lives. >> with all due respect, i don't believe that's a credible statement, if he never called and asked you, are we helping these people or what's happening? >> and on the issue the power the president has on those drone strikes, senators are saying they want to set up a process to oversee that and make sure everything is being done properly. natalie? >> kelly o'donnell, thank you very much. >>> first lady michelle obama is said to attend a funeral for a 15-year-old girl who was shot just days after performing as a majorette at the p
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